Dial code red in an emergency
The Red Cross in Singapore and more than 12,000 professionally trained people who can give first aid now use the iPhone app “Rapid Rescue”. In case of an emergency, users can activate the app and an alarm is sent to first aid givers within a range of 2km. Directions on a map are also provided.
Why it matters
This is a fast and effective way to attempt to save lives using technologies that are readily available. Will the creation of such a semi-professional medical network become the norm for NGO’s and medical services brands?
The Dutch drugstore chain D.I.O. launched a free heath indicator for the iPhone. The app offers free information about medication that is available at drugstores without a prescription.
By using state-of-the-art morphing technology, health researchers are able to produce images of how smokers may look in the future if they continue to smoke, highlighting increased wrinkles and poorer skin complexion. The majority of participants to date have said they will quit smoking as a direct consequence of seeing the impact on their appearance.